Can't think why I didn't post this in the old SF; anyone interested in antiques? Or absolutely not interested - I know a few members are decidedly modernist in their decorating tastes. So please tell me - why do you have them, and like them, or not? What particular sorts, and for what reasons? Examples are very helpful. The reason I'm asking is that I'm supposed to give a sort of talk over a formal club dinner in a few months - the audience will be benign and very well fed, but will want to be entertained, and I would expect them to have quite high academic standards. The given subject is antiques, as it is my field of business. The club is organised more or less like a traditional gentlemen's club, in an old villa with a reputedly very good chef. It has to be knowledgeable, and funny, but not really serious in any heavy academic way. The title of the thread here might very well be the motto of the talk as well.